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On September 30, 2002, Harvard Law School hosted a legal symposium sponsored by the Chimpanzee Collaboratory's Legal Committee. The symposium featured speakers with expertise on chimpanzees, as well as legal scholars and lawyers who discussed the possibility of obtaining legal rights for chimpanzees and other great apes. This symposium sought to advance the argument that chimpanzees are entitled to some degree of legal status, and the speakers presented a range of views about how far such legal rights should extend. These remarks reflect the connection between the growning scientific understanding of chimpanzees and the advances in related legal doctrines. This article includes comments from Jane Goodall, Dr. Roger Fouts, Steven Wise, and David Favre.

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